Sometimes in sport, second chances come around and people just have to take them.
After being let go by the Leeds Rhinos without playing a game ahead of the 2022 Super League season, AJ Wallace has been working hard in the Championship with the Bradford Bulls to prove people wrong.
Some brilliant displays under former boss John Kear and then Mark Dunning has convinced Super League clubs to start sniffing around the powerful back-rower.
And, after speaking exclusively to Serious About Rugby League, Wallace has revealed that a move back to the top flight is around the corner.
“There is some truth in that, it’s looking likely I will be in Super League,” Wallace joked.
“It’s almost like a second chance and it’s an opportunity for me to show what I can do after not being given a chance.
“That’s what the dream has been – Super League. The World Cup is a chance for me to show my credentials on a big stage.”
Despite only being at Odsal for one season, Wallace has found it an incredible experience, especially working under John Kear – who previously coached at Hull FC, Wakefield Trinity and Batley Bulldogs – who has taught him a lot of things in such a short space of time.
“I’ve loved it being at Bradford this year, it’s been a lot different coming into pre-season with grown men which I found tough at first.
“I have a lot to thank John Kear. I know he is at Widnes now, but I’m very grateful for how he helped me.
“Dunno (Mark Dunning) has been the same even though he hasn’t been there for long as head coach. He’s a great guy and deserves his chance.”
The former England youth international only joined the Bulls on a one-year deal after being let go by Leeds without playing a game, but Wallace certainly looks to have earned a second crack at the big league after working incredible hard at Bradford in 2022.